Going Back Home
Review by Bill Porter
This is one of the strongest Blues CD's I've
heard in a long time. Everything works. The cover photo shows
Phillip, with guitar case in hand, near the train yards. The image
has a genuine Blues feel. The CD's back cover is a shot of Phillip
with his trusty, 1950's cherry red Gibson ES 335 guitar. The entire
CD just feels right.
Every track is solid and a lesson in true
blues. Aspiring blues guitarists take note: Phillip effortlessly
transitions between all styles of blues. If I had to compare some of
the sounds on the CD, the first cut, "Lying Woman" evokes images of
Albert Collin's vocals, with Albert King's guitar licks, backed by
Tower of Power style horns (complete with get-down, baritone sax
punch). But wait! Phillip walker's music cannot be confined to only
Walker explores and conquers several blues styles, from John
Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Lightnin'
Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf and more. It's no wonder that contemporary
talents like Robert Cray site Phillip Walker as an influence.
first recorded in 1952 and went on the road in 1953 with Zydeco King
Clifton Chenier. This CD is not only about guitar; other cuts
feature boogie woogie keyboards, soulful harmonica, gospel vocals
and a grooving' rhythm section. There's no rock, disco or
fluff. Tasteful Texas blues guitar with a master's touch, laced
with Phillip's savvy vocals, good production and a solid backup band
are the threads that make this CD work.
"Going Back Home" has depth, soul, and a
sincere quality because it is obviously crafted by a man who has
lived, loved and performed the blues for decades. Highly
recommended for your CD collection AND as a performer at the area
Porter is the front
man for the
Bill Porter Project an Illinois based Blues band.